Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies @ University of Bucharest


Project title: Integrating food provision in urban policies in the context of land use transformation and displacement

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0588

Contract no.: PD 5/2020

Funding body: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 246.950 RON

Period: 2020-2022

Research team:

Simona-Raluca Grădinaru – Project coordinator

Cristian Ioan Ioja – Mentor

Central hypothesis and objectives

The central hypothesis of the FoodPLand project is that (1) public authorities are mandated to propose and implement policies which integrate food security on the urban agenda. For selecting the best integration strategies, a good understanding of both (2) local land use transformations and (3) amplitude of land use displacement is needed. Such assessments would allow to (4) determine the capacity for food provision of urban regions, findings which serve for designing tailored urban planning strategies.

These four interlinked dimensions are the foundation for the specific objectives of the project:

O1. Evaluate the current integration of food security in urban policies at European and national level;

O2. Assess the direct and indirect land transformations induced by urban expansion in Romania.

O3. Evaluate the amplitude of land use displacement in Romania,

O4. Estimate current and future capacity of Romanian urban areas for food provision.

Main results


Work in progress


  • Grădinaru S.R., Iojă C.I., Gabriel Ovidiu Vanau, Niță M., Integration of food security issues into county planning agendas, International Geographic Seminar Dimitrie Cantemir, 24 octombrie 2020, Iași.
  • Paraschiv M.G., Iojă C.I., Grădinaru S.R., Evaluarea impactului potențial al abandonului terenurilor asupra securității alimentare a orașelor din România utilizând imagini satelitare și tehnici de machine learning, Present Environment and Sustainable Development, 21 November, Iasi.


Work in progress